The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement of science, engineering and technology in South Africa. SAASTA is business Unit of the National Research Foundation.
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Second African Science Communication Conference
18 to 21 February 2009, Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng, South Africa
As Africans, we need to define our destiny and change our mindset with respect to science, engineering and technology, as well as research. For the success of our continent and its people, it is imperative that significant investment in the popularisation and public understanding of Science and Technology development is made. It was this realisation that lead to the development of Africa 's Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (August 2005).
The specific objectives of this consolidated plan are to strengthen the African flagship research and development clusters. These include:
• Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Indigenous Knowledge;
With these flagship R&D clusters in mind, the objectives of the consolidated plan includes:
• Build African scientific and technological capacity by increasing the number of scientists, technicians and engineers;
The African Union realised that key to achieving these objectives, is the participation and support of the populace and their political Institutions. If the African public and politicians can speak about the benefits of science, not only will the investment in Africa improve but the public opinion on matters of science and technology will be enhanced. Given the continent's science, technology and innovation needs and challenges, SAASTA will be hosting its 2nd African Science Communication Conference bringing together individuals across the various sectors in realising Science Communication's role in driving economic growth and long term sustainable development.
First African Science Communication Conference
The public communication of science and technology is expanding rapidly as a professional and academic field, with national and global networks being formed to facilitate collaboration and share best practices.
The conference aimed to: